Belgian Shepherd Dog Tervuren
Other names: Chien de Berger Belge, Belgian Tervuren
Country of Origin: Belgium
Height: Female: 56–62 cm, Male: 60–66 cm
Weight: Female: 20–25 kg, Male: 25–30 kg
Color: Black, Mahogany & Black, Black & Cream, Fawn & Black, Brindle, Fawn & Liver
Life Expectancy: 13 – 15 years
Temperament: Protective, Alert, Loyal, Energetic, Attentive, Intelligent
Litter Size: 5 - 11 puppies
Health Problems: This hardy, healthy breed has no major health concerns. Some minor concerns that have been seen are epilepsy, skin allergies, eye problems, excessive shyness, excessive aggressiveness and occasionally hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia.
Created in Belgium in the late 19th century, the Belgian Tervuren dog breed is often considered to be the most elegant of the four Belgian sheepdogs.
The Belgian Tervuren has a square shaped appearance to its body. When viewed from the side, the topline of its moderately pointed muzzle is parallel to the topline of its skull. The stop is moderate. The black lips are tight. The medium sized, almond-shaped eyes are dark brown.
The erect ears are triangular in shape with their height equal to their width. The chest is deep reaching the elbows. The legs are straight, parallel and vertical to the ground.
The topline is level, sloping slightly at the withers. Dewclaws are usually removed. The feet are cat-like in shape.
The teeth meet in a scissors or level bite. The tail is strong at the base with the bone reaching to the hock. The double coat is weather resistant with long, abundant, close-fitting guard hairs.
The overall length of the harsh coat is medium to long with the hair on the head, legs and outer surface of the ears being shorter. The undercoat is dense and the outer coat is straight with black tips. Males have a mane of hair around the neck that is not as prominent in females.
There is longer hair fringing down the back and front legs with abundant hair on the tail. Coat colors include rich fawn to russet mahogany, or shades of gray with black tips. The chest, toes and chin may have some white. The coat usually darkens as the dog gets older.